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    degree of confusion

    which is worse between the 2, if possible?

    bewilder and perplex

    I'd really appreciate any comments. Thanks a lot.
    Raen

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    Re: degree of confusion

    It depends on what you mean by 'worse'.

    My choice, bewilder.


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    Re: degree of confusion

    which is worse between the 2, if possible?

    bewilder and perplex
    The words bewilder and perplex are routinely listed as synonyms, both meaning to utterly confuse. Perplex can also suggest a certain level worry in addition to confusion, but that doesn't necessarily affect the degree of the confusion.

    However, if someone put a gun to my head and forced me to choose which one suggested to me a greater degree of confusion, I believe I would go with bewilder.

    Of course, this is my opinion. You could probably ask six different native speakers and get eight different answers.

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    Oops, sorry Soup. You were too quick on the draw for me!

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    Re: degree of confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by dragn View Post
    The words bewilder and perplex are routinely listed as synonyms, both meaning to utterly confuse. Perplex can also suggest a certain level worry in addition to confusion, but that doesn't necessarily affect the degree of the confusion.

    However, if someone put a gun to my head and forced me to choose which one suggested to me a greater degree of confusion, I believe I would go with bewilder.

    Of course, this is my opinion. You could probably ask six different native speakers and get eight different answers.

    Greg

    Oops, sorry Soup. You were too quick on the draw for me!
    Ah, yes, but at least we agree.

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    Re: degree of confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by Raen View Post
    which is worse between the 2, if possible?

    bewilder and perplex

    I'd really appreciate any comments. Thanks a lot.
    Raen
    Hi Raen,

    Please see the SYNONYMS note within the entry of the word puzzle, taken from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition). (AHDEL)

    - from the AHDEL's GUIDE TO THE DICTIONARY:
    Paragraphs that provide discrimination of related words appear at the end of some entries and are headed Synonyms. The terms treated together in such a paragraph should not be considered to have precisely the same meaning, however. The most valuable feature of these paragraphs is the discrimination of the different nuances and shades of meaning for the terms they include.

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